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KFC leave workers out in the cold

KFC leave workers out in the cold

Workers at KFC, Pizza Hut and Starbucks have all been told they won't be getting paid for any lost hours during the latest snowstorm to hit New Zealand's shores.

Restaurant Brands Limited operate the national franchise and boasted record sales in July announcing a $25.1 million profit in the last financial year. This was 26% up on the prior year's takings.

"With all this spare cash lying around it's infuriating that such a big company has failed to look after its staff" said Christchurch Unite Union organiser Matt Jones.

This will be the second time the workers will be left out of pocket. When Canterbury was covered in snow last month Restaurant Brands didn't pay the staff their rostered hours.

"We contacted the company and have been waiting to hear back" said Mr Jones. "It's pretty clear what the company's position is after today. We believe the company are legally obligated to pay their staff their rostered hours. The team are stuck with irregular hours at the best of times, with winter biting and many homes in Canterbury still earthquake damaged this is further insult to an already undervalued workforce. We understand that the only option left to the staff is to use what annual leave they may have, which is truly disgusting" concluded Matt Jones.


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